I currently ride my horse in a hanging cheek/baucher french link, he goes really nice in walk and trot and hold himself nice and balanced (not all the time as he's a bit undermuscled!) But when I ask him to canter he just rushes and I cannot hold him! Bear in mind in walk and trot I have to hardly touch him. He gets really strong and fast I can't even attempt to do anything except hang on for dear life! On the lunge he is on the forehand still a bit and at first he may go a little bit too speedy but will soon go steady.
I'm not sure if he is like this due to a past loaner rushing him and just going full gallop on hacks and bombing him round the arena over jumps and letting him canter whenever he wanted! (which was against my rules as he still needed to learn his balance and when I found out the loan ended!) So I'm not sure if he goes fast as he thinks this is whats is 'expected' or what.
I have been reading that Pelham bits can be good for balance etc..
As I don't really want a 'stronger' bit as he is good in walk and trot.. but just a bit more control in canter to say.. 'hang on no we're not going to rush'
So do you think a Pelham would be a good idea just to have that bit more control in canter? As it would be like a hanging cheek on the top rein? But then the bottom would aid in canter as an extra aid?